Allenby frustrates Kent in Cardiff

Tuesday 11th September 2012

Men’s First Team

Allenby frustrates Kent in Cardiff

Kent's bid for promotion was held up by a Jim Allenby century on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

Glamorgan ended the day on 334 for eight with Allenby unbeaten on 100 from 132 balls, having shared in an unbroken stand of 82 with John Glover for the ninth wicket.

Kentmust win this match for any chance of overtaking either Derbyshire or Yorkshire to claim one of the two promotion spots.

Will Bragg and Stewart Walters also made half-centuries as Glamorgan attempt to consign Leicestershire to bottom place in the table.

With a 10.30am start and a green-looking wicket, Kent captain Rob Key had no hesitation in putting Glamorgan into bat.

But the pitch did not produce the wickets Key might have hoped for in the morning session as Glamorgan cruised to 133 for two from 31 overs before lunch.

Glamorgan's openers Bragg and Nick James took their side to 50 after eight overs before Darren Stevens struck with his third ball of the match.

He had James caught behind to have Glamorgan 55 for one in the 11th, but Bragg and Walters put on 72 in 18 overs.

It would have been entirely Glamorgan's session had Bragg, 59 from 76 balls with 10 fours, not been trapped leg before by James Tredwell attempting a slog sweep in the penultimate over before lunch.

Key looked frustrated before lunch but was much happier in the afternoon session as Charlie Shreck, who went for 47 from his opening spell of seven overs, and Tredwell took four Glamorgan wickets between them.

In the afternoon Glamorgan were guilty of some poor shots.

Walters – 63 off 123 balls – hooked Shreck down the throat of Michael Powell at long leg, and David Lloyd edged Tredwell behind to record a third consecutive duck after a pair on debut against Yorkshire.

Ben Wright made it three wickets to fall in the space of 22 balls, inside edging an attempted drive off Shreck, before captain Mark Wallace was bowled dancing down the wicket to Tredwell eight minutes before tea.

After Graham Wagg was trapped lbw playing across the line to Matt Coles it brought Robert Croft to the wicket to warm applause in what is his final match for Glamorgan after 24 years with the club.

Although his penultimate innings only lasted six balls before being caught behind off Coles, it brought Allenby and Glover together, taking Glamorgan to a third batting point and then to the close.

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Photo: Sarah Ansell